Since early times, the Catholic Church has had a role in healing and health care for the whole person . . . body, mind and spirit. Parish Nursing blends nursing and ministry with health education and personal health counseling.
Grief Ministry: This ministry provides contact to those grieving the death of a family member through sympathy and support cards, phone calls and visits, as well as grief support group resources in our community and parish. Additional training may be required.
Card Ministry: Letting the sick and grieving know that we care and are praying for them makes a huge difference. This ministry needs card makers or donations of cards.
BeFrienders: Composed of volunteers who complete training and then accept the commitment to be visitors. BeFriending is an extension of pastoral ministry – although it can be informal and simply a way of that involves listening to others we encounter.
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Knit or crochet prayer shawls for people in our parish family who are undergoing times of anxiety or suffering.
Contact: Nancy Ludescher, Parish Nurse, 645-8816, ext. 203. More volunteers are always welcome to participate in these works of mercy.
HealthFinders Collaborative Inc. was founded in 2003 after St. Dominic’s Health Ministry Committee convened Faribault and Northfield community members. HealthFinders goal is to provide assistance with purchasing prescription medications and accessing free health care. In June 2005, HealthFinders opened its doors providing free healthcare services for low-income, uninsured Rice County residents. Staffed by volunteer physicians, nurses, interpreters and receptionists; the clinic has provided more than 2,500 clinic visits and filled more than 4,500 prescription medications since 2005. Patients receive access to clinic care, free medications through our Medication Assistance Program and educational programs like our diabetes and Pura Vida (focusing on weight management and nutrition) programs. HealthFinders depends on donations and fundraising by community members for much of its budget. The clinic has locations in Faribault and Northfield; dental care is also offered at the Faribault site. For further information about the clinic or becoming a volunteer, call the HealthFinders office, 507-646-8964, or visit the HealthFinders website.